The Bridge to Employment in Media and Communications Program (BEMC) is a six-month, full-time program designed to prepare internationally trained media and communications professionals to secure a meaningful career in Ontario in the fields of:

  • Journalism
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Broadcast Media
  • Photography & Photojournalism
  • Videography
  • Web and Graphic Design
  • Marketing & Branding Communications

BEMC is delivered by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto and funded by the Government of Ontario.

Program components

  • Ongoing career coaching and guidance from an employment advisor.
  • Classroom instruction on the Canadian media landscape, professional workplace communication skills, and advanced exploration of up to six media and communications sub-sectors (key courses are delivered in partnership with Ryerson University).
  • Hands-on, supervised placement opportunities.
  • Mentorship that will help build connections with hiring employers and support career development upon graduation.

Program participants gain

  • In-depth understanding of media and communications landscape, practices, and career opportunities in Ontario.
  • Improved mastery of professional communication skills.
  • Greater capacity to work within the Canadian multicultural environment.
  • Formal “Canadian experience” and other employment supports.
  • Valuable personal and professional networks

Post-program supports

  • BEMC graduates can take part in a wide range of career development activities, including program-sponsored professional development, networking events, and mentoring. Program graduates also receive job postings, internship and volunteer opportunities.


Internationally trained professionals (i.e., professionals who gained the majority of their training/education outside of Canada or the US) who have:

  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in media, communications, public relations, or related areas
  • Minimum of 2 years’ work experience outside of Canada in media, communications, public relations, or related areas
  • Language proficiency of CLB 7 or equivalent in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Legal immigration status (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, convention refugee, and refugee claimant with work permit)


North York office, online, and in placement host organizations. Participants who live more than 50km from the North York office will be able to join the program remotely.


ASAP. Applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

BEMC is offered twice a year and runs for 6 months (3 months in-class; up to 3 months placement). Classes are 9:00am – 2:00pm (Mon-Fri). There are two cohorts per year for BEMC, every Fall and Spring.